Changes at Wootton Lower School not affected by delays elsewhere in the county, vows council

Neighbouring Central Bedfordshire Council had to paused its plan to change from a three-tier to two-tier school system
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Changes at Wootton Lower School – as well as the merger of Broadmead Lower School and Marston Vale Middle School – will not be affected by delays elsewhere in the county, says Bedford Borough Council.

The first set of Year 5 pupils will still move into the newly-created Wootton Primary School in September 2025.

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The first set of Year 5 pupils will move into the newly-created Wootton Primary School in September 2025The first set of Year 5 pupils will move into the newly-created Wootton Primary School in September 2025
The first set of Year 5 pupils will move into the newly-created Wootton Primary School in September 2025

The amalgamation of Broadmead Lower and Marston Vale Middle School, to create a new primary school in Stewartby on the Marston Vale Middle School site, is also still going ahead as planned. The council will be going out to formal consultation on this over the next few months.

In neighbouring Central Bedfordshire Council, the new administration paused its own work to change from a three-tier to two-tier school system in June.

The authority has now announced it will be delayed until September 2026 in Cranfield and surrounding villages. Bedford Borough Council has liaised with Central Bedfordshire on it plans to ensure there will remain sufficient numbers of Year 5 places across Holywell Middle and Marston Vale middle schools in September 2025.

A Bedford Borough Council spokesman said: “We will continue to strive to provide the best possible education for schoolchildren across Bedford borough and we remain committed to the transition towards two-tier education in Wootton and Stewartby

“In addition to the recent consultations regarding Wootton Upper and Wootton Lower School, parents and other stakeholders will be encouraged to take part in the consultation over plans regarding primary education in Stewartby.”